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The Recently Rundown: Ithaca Art Market, Whirlwind Family Visits, Prepping for 1st Grade

I know, last week I was totes not around much and everyone was asking “What is up with you, giiiiirl?”

Okay, I promise if we were living in a 90’s sitcom you would have been asking like that. On a plastic neon land-line phone with one of those curly cords. Does anyone else really, really miss TGIF at the end of a long week? Or remember Must See TV? That was awesome. Sigh.

Anyway, nostalgia aside – we had a lot going on! Prep yourself for some photos. First came the Ithaca Artists Market which was my first since moving into town, and I went there solo. It’s weird being alone when you are used to having little tykes with you constantly, but kind of liberating.

The Steamboat Landing here in Ithaca is an awesome location used for the Farmer’s Market and other events. See how pretty and spacious it is?

Ithaca Art Market Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyI didn’t want to be a creeper and have to get into that whole “I totally have a blog and am legit. Really, please don’t escort me out” situation so limited my snooping around and photo taking. These are all iPhone pics, so bear with me!

There were a few local artists that, whether or not their wares were my particular style, I was seriously impressed with. Behold…

Ithaca Art Market Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyI researched them a bit (again, I promise I’m not a creeper. My argument is becoming less convincing, isn’t it?) and this artist is a local by the name of Sally Dutko who specializes in fiber arts. They were colorful, original, and whimsical. Her website is linked right here. Check her out! BTW, she has no idea who I am – I just liked her work, I’m not paid or perked or affiliated with any of the artists. Well, besides living in the same town.

Ithaca Art Market Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyThese pieces by Spirit And Kitsch also caught my eye as being fun and fresh and something unique in the crowd of stalls. Her website is linked right here, and her name is Alice Muhlback.

The one that took serious restraint not to go on a spending spree was this one…

Ithaca Art Market Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyI thought of Sherry at YHL and her ceramic houses. I think these trees and delicate vases are equally awesome, and love that they are made by a local artist too. I did some digging and believe the artist is named Matthew Glaysher, although he doesn’t appear to have a website. Matthew, if you are out there – you blew my mind.

What else has been going on? Well, prepping this kiddo for her 1st grade!

Prepping for 1st grade | Painting SunnyThe summer can fly by, and I don’t want her getting too rusty with her academics. So, when I spotted these worksheet books at Dollar Tree, I nabbed one subtraction, one addition, and one language arts book for $1 each. Obviously, since it’s Dollar Tree. All three of them are First Grade level, and I’m tearing out one sheet from each, which makes three per day, for her to do. And they are double-sided… so she has her work cut out for her.

Prepping for 1st grade | Painting SunnyEven if they aren’t chosen by her actual teacher and may not be perfect, I think it is helping her get back into the habit of sitting, focusing, and thinking about these topics. She has surprised me a couple times with what she can do, and a couple other times I realized how much a kid can forget over the summer! It’s a long three months, yo.

Next up was a whirlwind family visit with Grandma June and Aunt Norma! The kids were beyond excited. The delight when they saw their Grandma and Aunt was evident. These are some of their fav people in the world!

Family Visit Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyIt was quite the visit. Above you can see the crew at the Syracuse Zoo, and they had a blast!

Family Visit Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyThey also hit up the Sciencenter here in town, which I don’t have a convenient pic of but they reported was spectacular. They also spent an afternoon at the Taughannock State Park at the beach, and apparently never tired of filling and emptying their little pails. So glad the weather was warm enough!

Family Visit Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyFood is always a big deal with kids and whenever fam is in town, right? I’m pretty sure the above pic was taken at Ithaca Bakery, but I wasn’t there so could be wrong!

Family Visit Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyWe all got together for dinner at a local restaurant called The Nines and it was so pretty out we ate out on the patio. It used to be a firehouse and now is literally next door to the firehouse, so it is a great location for a 3 year old to hang out just in case something exciting happens! We didn’t catch a glimpse of any firefighters or big red trucks, but might head back sometime during lunch on a weekday, just in case. The pizza was awesome. We are in New York, though… so shouldn’t expect any less.Family Visit Summer 2013 | Painting SunnyThese kids know how to eat.

Anyone else showing off local restaurants to family? Wishing they could fill their whole house with local ceramics? Just love pizza?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.

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Canvassing The Area (and Painting Big)

Yeah, it has been a minute since I painted big. For the record, I do have my BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (that is a real place, I swear) so did my requisite large-scale drawings and oil paintings, but time flies and I’ve turned to more convenient, portable, and economical mediums. But then… we  got big walls.

Our new apartment isn’t grandly spacious, but it does have comfortable-sized rooms and that includes comfortable-sized walls. The layout of our last home meant the sofa was oriented in the middle of the broad living room, making it a space-divider. This home puts the sofa against the wall, and that big old blank beige area was glaring me down.

So, I did something about it.

Painting Big | Painting Sunny

FYI, that watermark is a watermark and not there in real life. There is also a bit of a glare in the photography I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of, so just went with it. Yes, I spent this weekend covered in glorious paint! I may be a little rusty, so it may not be perfect, but I enjoyed myself and the living room is a little brighter and bolder now.

Would you like to see that in situ?

Painting Big | Painting SunnyTo start, I gathered by trusty stash of supplies. Let’s pretend it isn’t a hot mess, alright? I once worked with someone who said “hot mess” about fifty times a day, and it sounds like it would be annoying but I actually really enjoyed it, and every once in a while I like to find a way to work it into conversation. Like now.

Painting Big | Painting Sunny

You will notice a can of latex house-paint in that pile of stuff. Yes, the darker areas of the final painting are from this nice muted navy blue paint I already had on hand (more on that project coming someday soonish) and it was an affordable way to cover some of the canvas and create a nice dark base, so I began the painting by shading in some areas with it in a way that felt composed, to me.

Of course, I needed a big #%$ canvas. To the other art school brats professionals out there, I do understand that the proper way to go is purchasing the canvas and quality stretcher bars separately, stretching it, and applying the layers of gesso myself. However, I was just looking to get my feet wet and warm up a bit. I wanted a gallery-wrap canvas (it is deeper so looks better without a frame and sits a little more nicely against the way, in my opinion) so I headed to my local Micheal’s armed with a 40% off coupon and left with this canvas for about 50 bones. Yes, that is a lot of cash to me too, but for a large canvas I’d consider it reasonable. The quality felt alright too for a pre-streched canvas, so I was on my way!

Painting Big | Painting SunnyOh Paloma, why do you crave attention this way?

For those of you curious about what the back of a gallery-wrap canvas looks like (as opposed to a traditional back-stapled canvas) here is a quick shot of it:

Painting Big | Painting SunnyThere are two new supplies I also grabbed at Michaels, and one was a bit of a splurge for me. Spoiler alert, the splurge was the paintbrush. I didn’t have a big enough brush to comfortable work on this size of canvas, and I also didn’t have a nice filbert. It was a perfect storm, and I bought this baby. Isn’t she pretty? Don’t worry, those clean white bristles didn’t stay that way long. The paint was due to my craving for a gold, and my dislike of my current gold acrylics.

Painting Big | Painting Sunny

Did I say acrylics? Yes, I did. I’ve painted with watercolor, acrylics, oils, egg tempera, milk paints, and probably other mediums I’m forgetting. At this point, I don’t have a studio area and am using my kitchen table. With small children around. It is a challenge, people. So, I choose to use something that dries quickly (so my kitchen table can go back to being a kitchen table), is non-toxic for the kids and pets around, and is easy to clean up. I’m a bit messy. I do hope to get back to other mediums someday, but right now I’m happy to work with what works for me.

Want to see some detail shots?

Painting Big | Painting Sunny

I didn’t mean for it to be quite so red-white-and-blue but I’m cool with it.

Painting Big | Painting Sunny

 It isn’t perfect, but it was fun and got my feet wet. I’m hoping to do another one soon for the bedroom wall and am thinking of trying a bit more bold of a color statement. Get excited, people!

With our current rental having all-beige walls, I’m hoping to frame out this canvas and some other ones with some natural wood frames at some point, but as framing costs some serious mullah it will either have to wait or I have to DIY it.

Anyone have some awesome DIY-canvas-frame tips? Want to loan me a circular saw in case I ever get around to it? Itching to paint on as big a surface as they can find? Say “hot mess” a lot?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming!

I cannot wait until this place is finally, totally settled-into! Moving is rough stuff, seriously. For the sake of motivation, I have promised myself some gifts after the last cardboard box is recycled. Firstly, one of those crazy colored orchids from the grocery store. You know the ones I mean… that are strangely, unnaturally blue or purple and for some reason draw you in. I want to see how long I can actually keep the thing alive for. Anyone want to place a bet?

Secondly, the time and supplies to take on a few projects to spruce the place up and get my creative fingers busy again. Here are a few ideas knocking around inside my head Pinterest board…

Large-Scale Paintings, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

I love to paint and we have some decent-sized wall-space in the new place, on the living room and Master bedroom walls. I am ready to make some pieces that make an impact! The dark blue in the above inspiration really appeals to me, along with those touches of gold in both… sigh. So pretty.

Smaller, Unique Artwork, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Nothing makes a home feel more cozy than artwork tucked into little nooks and spaces. Besides books, which like automatically domesticate your home. And make you look smart. Anyway, how cute are those Ikea prints? Very, but they are a little too small, so I may need to make some custom-sized similar work myself. And don’t you just love Our Fifth House?

DIY Lamps, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

(already made lamps here: )

Our new apartment doesn’t have overhead lighting in any of the living or bedroom areas, so as soon as I get my hand’s on some worthy second-hand candidates I need to stock up on lamps. Yes, this is the second time I’ve linked over to that gold-dotted lamp. I am seriously crushing on it. It’s so unique and original. Click over to the original links for all of the lamps, please! The lamps all look so much more clean and modern compared to the before pictures, it’s amazing!

You may recall I already DIYed some lamps I looove, so check them out!

Home-Made (and Mama-Made, So Even Better) Quilts for Kid’s Rooms, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

I think a hand-made quilt is a great way to show someone you love them and really care about them. Care enough to sweat over a finickly sewing machine covered in bits of thread and interfacing. That is true love, my friend. I think quilts can also make a really lasting heirloom when done well, and making some for my own kid’s is hitting the top of the to-do list. Aren’t these three sweet? I’m definitely in the mood for stripes, but that rag-style quilt would fit in perfectly with my girl’s room!

Head-Bands For The Girl’s Fall School Wardrobe, Inspired By:

Projects Are Coming! Projects Are Coming! Links to Pinspiration | Painting Sunny

Pinspiration: Here Original Source: Here

I am definitly going to use this inspiration to engineer some child-sized head-bands with cute fabrics, before H starts 1st grade in September. I swear, our girl could never start school with enough hair accessories. She is obsessed. This is a great scrap-busting project, too.

As you can tell, Pinterest is a pretty comfortable place for me these days. Please come on over and join me for some QPT! That is “Quality Pinning Time.”

Anyone else planning at least two years out on their projects? Sentimental about sewing quilts for a loved-one, or just need some &$%# lighting around their house?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Art that is Weird and Cool (and now I’m a little inspired)

While my own work has hit a predictable roadblock (like, my art supplies are literally packed in boxes to be moved… underneath other boxes) at least I can stop and take a moment to wonder at what others are creating.

I recently discovered The Jealous Curator. This girl has some mad good taste, and is a one-stop-shop for inspiration and pretty things. I was unsurprised to read that she contributes to SFGirlByBay, which is obviously amazing and a permanent blog roll fixture over here. Check out her Girl Crush Tea Parties, too.

If I had a tea party, she would totally be invited (I’m not quite sure what her name is, though… I haven’t had time to creepy online stalk her yet). Probably along with Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess and Sherry from Young House Love and Rebecca Skloot and… okay, that already sounds random and a little unpredictable so let’s just stop there. Art That is Weird & Cool Curation | Painting Sunny

So, in homage to her I have put together my own little list of artist’s I’m jealous of and/or crushing on:

1. Beth Galton’s Conceptial Food Photographs

Beth Galton's Conceptial Food PhotographsSource: Beth Galton

Beth Galton's Conceptial Food PhotographsSource: Beth Galton

Literally, food cut in half. There is something so simple and clean about her photographs, and the classic foods represented.

2. Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland

Kirsty Mitchell PhotographySource: Kirsty Mitchell Photography

Kirsty Mitchell PhotographySource: Kirsty Mitchell Photography

These are so saturated detailed… It’s sci-fi, fine art, and fashion all rolled into one. The story of how she was inspired as well as how she managed her budget is intriguing, as well.

3. Cecelia Webber’s Human Body Art

Cecelia Webber's Human Body ArtSource: Cecelia Webber

Cecelia Webber's Human Body ArtSource: Cecelia Webber

Okay, how amazing is that flower made out of legs? Did you realize it was legs at first? The composition of these, along with the perfectly perfect hue’s mean I could stare at her photographs for hours.

4. Brock Davis’s iPhone Photos

Brock Davis's iPhone PhotosSource: Brock Davis

Brock Davis's iPhone PhotosSource: Brock Davis

The humor that is evident in many of these photographs is what draws me to them. When combined with his sense of composition and eye for catching tiny and subtle details, Brock Davis is someone I wish I could get coffee with.

5. Anastassia Elias’s Rouleaux

Anastassia Elias's RouleauxSource: Anastassia Elias

Anastassia Elias's RouleauxSource: Anastassia Elias

This are whimsical, sweet, and make you think the artist must be… well, a very unique person. My favorite part = the impact the different lighting can make in the various rolls.

For more blogs I obsess over regularly visit, check out my shout-out list of Blogs To Love, right there to the right —>

Anyone else enjoy art made from toilet paper rolls? Craving a jelly doughnut now?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Art For The Kids: Buy It Up

I confessed last week to my tendency to DIY almost everything for the kids… which can be great and something to be proud of, but also sometimes the results are… less than ideal. My success rate is pretty good, but I’ve learned that sometimes it is worth it to put up the cash and get something professional, special, or that I just don’t have the right tools to make myself. Artwork can be one of those things. It is all so unique, you know? Who wants to only have your own artwork up everywhere? A bit egotistical, right?

For ideas on some awesome artwork to make for your kids, check out last’s week post. For a little moodboard of artwork you can acquire with cold, hard cash check out the collection below.

So, let’s spend some cash! YOLO!

I already regret writing YOLO. Please don’t leave.

Moodboard, Art For The Kids: Make It Up | Painting Sunny

Everything listed here is from shops at Etsy… which shouldn’t be a surprise at this point. I love Etsy, and think it is a great way to get unique things for affordable prices from artists. BTW, this post is in no way sponsored by Etsy or any of the artists and shops listed here. It’s just stuff I found online and liked how it looked.

  1. Andralynn Creative Design, Bunny Nursery Decor, $60: These original paintings are so sweet and whimsical, and the price isn’t bad for the actual painting. I love how gender-neutral yet kid-friendly it is.
  2. PaperRamma, Libra Zodiac Art Print, $20: This is a great way to create something personalized for a children’s room, especially if you have multiple kids born in different months. I like the idea of them having something unique and individual about themselves highlighted. Actually, this would be perfect for the hallway outside of a kids room… I may be adding both Libra and Sagittarius prints to my wish list.
  3. Portlands Pocket, Vintage Smokey the Bear Collectible Poster (price undetermined): When I went back to this today, it had already sold! Bad news… but I bet you could find something awesomely similar. I love the educational aspect to it, and I think something like it could be found for whatever your kid is currently obsessed with; dinosaurs, bugs, planets, and so on.
  4. LisaBarbero, We All Shine On Typographic Print, $20: This poster would be perfect for a celestial-themed nursery or children’s room, but could be a sweet addition anywhere. The price is right, too, for this type of print. Okay, this artist’s shop is addicting… with all of the super-trendy state-specific art out right now, these skylines are something fresh.
  5. Halfpence Design, Science Chemistry Periodic Table Poster, $34: Okay, this is my fav on the list. It is so colorful, modern, and totally sends a subconscious hint to your child to grow up to be a brain surgeon or something. I want this so bad. I could hang it in any room of the house.

Any other adorable kid room art I’m missing out on? Great sites other than Etsy? Anyone else willing to hang something nerdy in their kids room, even if it isn’t designed for kids? Might as well start teaching the Periodic Table early. I still haven’t learned it.

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Art For The Kids: Make It Up

We all want the best for our children, right? Well, in some cases we do but just aren’t willing to shill out the money for the very best and just DIY it to be close enough. I do about half the time, at least. The oldest is 6; they don’t know any better.

I would love to have fantastic artwork in both the kids rooms, and am especially interested in somewhat gender-neutral pieces as well as things that are a little more unique and mature enough to fit in with the rest of the house, while still being bright and kid-friendly. I perused my Pinterest Boards and Googled around a bit to find a few ideas for artwork I could make for the kids myself… or at least print out for free or cheap. One of the projects I actually already made my own version of over a year ago, as you may recall from this post.

Check these out! I’m pretty impressed with what people out there in the world are doing, as well as the availability of really cool prints for really cheap. What’s not to love about these?Moodboard, Art For The Kids: Make It Up | Painting Sunny

  1. Love Hue Design, Chevron Art!: This is so hip. And affordable. That makes it hipordable. That’s a real thing now. I love the different ways she cut costs, and how unique and asymmetrical this turned out. Who doesn’t have a bunch of paint chips lying around? This is perfect for a kids room, as you can adjust the colors to be as bright as you want and to fit any nursery or kid’s room color decorating theme.
  2. freevintageposters.com,World’s Fair Chicago 1934 Vintage Printable Poster: I love the variety of posters here, and how sentimental you can be in choosing a poster that highlights a topic or location that is special to your family. This poster in particular has bold, beautiful colors and is free to print!
  3. Open Art Project, Goodbye!: This is so cute, I cannot believe it is free. I absolutely want to get this printed for our son’s room. It has a funny, cheeky vibe and subtle but still cheerful pops of color.
  4. Plain Vanilla Mom, Butterfly Footprints: I love how my own version of this turned out, and bet you will too if you try it. Can you get any more sentimental than this?
  5. Mr.Printables.com, Rain, Rain, Go Away: They have both color and black & white versions of this to print out. I love the color one, but recall when Young House Love colored their own free printable in with colored pencil and how cute it looks. What do you think? I could go either way.
  6. MinitureRhino, Orion Constellation Embroidery Kit: You do have to buy the kit for this one, but get to give it that personal home-made touch when you embroider it yourself! I wouldn’t try to makeshift the supplies myself; the kit is so affordable, it would probably save time and money to just buy it. This would be perfect for an outer-space-themed kids room, or really anywhere – I love the nerd-chic quality.

BONUS…

Photo Source: Harper's Happenings

Photo Source: Harper’s Happenings

7. Harper’s Happenings, Miniature Mounted Menagerie: Okay, I didn’t get this one added to the mood-board but it is not only adorable and affordable (adordable?) it is also trendy and so gender-neutral. While the original inspiration here wasn’t doing it for a kids room, I think it would be perfect for a little kiddo too. Adorbs.

What do you think? Anyone else looking everywhere for inspiration to DIY your own kid’s room art? Or do you splurge and buy it from local art fairs? Favorite Etsy shops?

I’m brainstorming some other ideas, so stay tuned for some mood boards focusing on art you can buy and creative ways to display it. Who doesn’t need more beauty in their lives?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.


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Before the Blog – Pinterest Inspired Projects, Part II

Well, I am finally getting back into the swing of things after getting back from Florida. I believe the amount of days it takes to readjust after a trip is multiplied by three for every child you have. Which means I still have a good excuse for at least another week… or something like that. I’m bad at math.

Last week I put together a little list of projects I had completed pre-blog and pre-good-camera, and shared pictures of the finished product as it stands today along with a link to the inspiration. These are all things directly from my Pinterest boards, as well. Well, I discovered I couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a DIY project in our house, so had to break these projects down into a few posts.

By the way, where in the world did that expression come from? It is horrible yet somehow really gets the point across. I promise, no animals were harmed in the making of these projects. Not counting Paloma getting just a tiny bit of Gesso in her fur. She’s used to it.

Project #6: Sponge-Stamped Painting from Latex Wall Paint

Sponge-Stamped Painting from Latex Wall Paint | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the DIY Latex Paint Wall Art over at Young House Love.

This was a zero-dollar project for me, and helped to tie the room together and provide something visual in an otherwise empty corner of our master bedroom. You have seen it before, hanging above a desk in this post, which can give you a little more sense of scale. I used a frame I already had in storage, and cut a regular kitchen sponge into the arrow-shape you see above. I used both the same latex wall paint you see on the wall behind the painting, but combined it with other acrylic paints I had on hand, in shades of purple and just a smidgen of blue. The painting is in good-quality Canson paper, which I usually have a stack of on hand. I left one area of the pattern blank to just be weird add interest.

Project #7: Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror

Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror | Painting Sunny

Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Recycled Magazine Sunburst Mirror over at Green Your Decor.

This is a favorite of mine, as it has a huge impact on the space it is in. From the pictures it may not look like it, but this is actually pretty large in size by the time it is completed. I suspected after I made it that it wouldn’t last long, but it has been almost a year and so far not a single piece has fallen off. This was so cheap to do. I obtained some bright-colored glossy magazines from my bestie Laura, a mirror for a couple bucks from Hobby Lobby, and broke out my glue-gun and a piece of scrap foam board.

Basically, I just cut a circle of foam board a couple inches wider than the diameter of the mirror, and glued the mirror to the foam board. Then, I painstakingly rolled magazine pages in colors I liked, and taped them together with clear scotch tape. This step was a little tedious, I admit. Try watching old episodes of Lost while you do it.

Some magazine pages are much wider than others (think Oprah compared to People) so it naturally ended up with my having different lengths of magazine. You can also trim them to make the sunburst effect. I then hot-glued the magazines around the mirror, used some Windex to clean the spilled glue of the mirror surface, and was done! I just 3M hanging thingies to stick it to the wall.

Project #8: Spray-painted gold thrift store baskets

Spray-painted gold thrift store baskets | Painting Sunny

Spray-painted gold thrift store baskets | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Spray Painted Straw Baskets over at Martha Stewart.

This project was really convenient for me, as it served multiple purposes. I spray-painted about 8-9 baskets, and used most of them as the base for gift-baskets during the holidays. Each basket was between $1-2 dollars and from our local Goodwill. I was left with the two baskets above. The top one was perfect for storing my baskets in, and I like having the gold accents in the bedroom. Apparently gold is making a comeback, right?

The second basket, I just couldn’t part with after painting it. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was one of the $2 baskets (splurge, sort of) but is really woven delicately and is sort of a strange shape. It isn’t the most functional thing, but at least the remote control fits inside it.

Project #9: Butterfly Foot-Print Sentimental Art

Butterfly Foot-Print Sentimental Art | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Fingerpainting Fun over at Project Balancing Act.

Yes, I realize that every single person on Pinterest has pinned this, and a lot of people have done it. It is trendy and not all that unique… but I love it. I think it is so sweet having their little footprints up there, and this was just so affordable and easy to do. Well, until your son starts screaming bloody-murder as soon as the paint is on his feet and you have to hold him still while quickly shoving the canvas up against his feet to get the prints, all the while trying to keep your older child from smearing paint all over the pantry while she hunts for Goldfish crackers. Sorry… I may have personalized that a little bit.

This was made with a two-pack of canvases on sale at Hobby Lobby (I think it cost $3 for the pack) and some children’s non-toxic fingerpaints we had on hand. After the footprints had dried, I used a small brush to draw the black middle outline in. One canvas is our son’s footprints, and one is our daughters.

Project #10: Twine & Paint Vase

Twine & Paint Vase | Painting Sunny

Originally inspired by the Vase Refresh over at Apartment Therapy.

This was the easiest and quickest of this set of projects, but also the one that didn’t turn out as well as I expected. I maybe try to re-do it at some point. This was made by my cleaning out an old, clear glass vase and then winding twine all around the outside. I taped the twine in place at the top and bottom, and then lightly sprayed two thin coats of white spray paint on it, letting it dry between coats. The lines turned out a little fuzzy, but it looks alright. If I did it again, I believe I would try rubber-bands instead of twine.

Please come hang out with me on Pinterest, too. I spend way too much time over there…

Well, that’s it for this set. Anyone else have a kid that is phobic about having paint or mud or anything gooey on them? Spending hours rolling magazine pages until your hands are stained dark purple? Oh, the things we do for crafts, am I right?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.